November 20, 2016, Benjamin Marconi, a detective with the San Antonio Police Department, was shot to death in San Antonio, Texas, during a routine traffic stop in front of the department's headquarters. The suspected shooter, identified as Otis Tyrone McKane, was arrested the next day after a massive manhunt, and charged with capital murder. It was one of 4 heavily publicized shootings of police within 24 hours.
Shooting of Benjamin Marconi
On November 20, 2016, Benjamin Marconi, a detective with the San Antonio Police Department, was shot to death in San Antonio, Texas, during a routine traffic stop in front of the department's headquarters. The suspected shooter, identified as Otis Tyrone McKane, was arrested the next day after a massive manhunt, and charged with capital murder.
The shooting occurred in front of the San Antonio Police Department headquarters before noon. Detective Marconi was sitting inside his patrol car, writing a traffic ticket to a motorist he pulled over. At that moment, another motorist pulled up from behind him, walked out of his car, approached Marconi's side-window, and shot him in the head. He then reached through the open window, shot Marconi in the head again, and then fled in his car. The shooter was believed to have had no relationship to the original motorist who was pulled over. Marconi, a 50-year-old officer who had been with the department for 20 years, later died at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at around 12:30 p.m. He was the first San Antonio police officer to die in the line of duty since 2013.
Investigators believed the shooting was a random act, with the target being police officers in general. The shooting took place on the same day as three other attacks against police officers in St. Louis and Gladstone, Missouri, and Sanibel, Florida, all of which were unrelated and left no police fatalities.
Otis Tyrone McKane, aged 31, was identified as the suspected shooter. He was arrested on the day following the shooting, after a massive manhunt, while riding in a car with a woman and a child on Interstate 10. McCain allegedly visited the San Antonio police headquarters and briefly spoke to a clerk four hours before the shooting.
Following his arrest, McKane was charged with capital murder.
Governor Greg Abbott condemned the killing and proclaimed that "attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice." Mayor Ivy Taylor also condemned the killing, called for patience in the ongoing investigation, and extended her condolences to Marconi's family. Other law enforcement agencies sent tributes for Marconi on social media.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the shooting as a targeted killing and compared it to mass shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which targeted police officers. McManus also announced that San Antonio police officers would not be conducting traffic stops alone in the wake of the shooting.
On the day after the shooting, Governor Abbott urged the Texas Legislature to pass his proposed Police Protection Act, which would classify attacks against law enforcement officers as hate crimes. The act received support from James Pasco, executive producer of the Fraternal Order of Police, who also expressed concern about the San Antonio killing and the three other shootings in Missouri and Florida, and blamed the erosion of trust in law enforcement on politicians, activists, and the media.
The four shootings on November 10 prompted some police departments to put its officers in pairs until further notice.
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